Hanging on to the Edges: Essays on Science, Society and the Academic Life - cover image

Copyright

Daniel Nettle

Published On

2018-10-15

ISBN

Paperback978-1-78374-580-7
Hardback978-1-78374-581-4
PDF978-1-78374-582-1
HTML978-1-80064-573-8
XML978-1-78374-608-8
EPUB978-1-78374-583-8
MOBI978-1-78374-584-5

Language

  • English

Print Length

262 pages (vi + 256)

Dimensions

Paperback156 x 14 x 234 mm(6.14" x 0.55" x 9.21")
Hardback156 x 16 x 234 mm(6.14" x 0.63" x 9.21")

Weight

Paperback828g (29.21oz)
Hardback1209g (42.65oz)

Media

Illustrations6

OCLC Number

1082988925

LCCN

2019452975

BIC

  • HP
  • HPS
  • PSX

BISAC

  • SOC026000
  • SCI080000
  • SCI008000

LCC

  • Q175.55

Keywords

  • science
  • social science
  • interdisciplinary studies
  • biology
  • scientific theories
  • academic research
  • human behaviour
  • behavioural studies
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Hanging on to the Edges

Essays on Science, Society and the Academic Life

  • Daniel Nettle (author)
What does it mean to be a scientist working today; specifically, a scientist whose subject matter is human life? Scientists often overstate their claim to certainty, sorting the world into categorical distinctions that obstruct rather than clarify its complexities. In this book Daniel Nettle urges the reader to unpick such distinctions—biological versus social sciences, mind versus body, and nature versus nurture—and look instead for the for puzzles and anomalies, the points of connection and overlap. These essays, converted from often humorous, sometimes autobiographical blog posts, form an extended meditation on the possibilities and frustrations of the life scientific. Pragmatically arguing from the intersection between social and biological sciences, Nettle reappraises the virtues of policy initiatives such as Universal Basic Income and income redistribution, highlighting the traps researchers and politicians are liable to encounter. This provocative, intelligent and self-critical volume is a testament to the possibilities of interdisciplinary study—whose virtues Nettle stridently defends—drawing from and having implications for a wide cross-section of academic inquiry. This will appeal to anybody curious about the implications of social and biological sciences for increasingly topical political concerns. It comes particularly recommended to Sciences and Social Sciences students and to scholars seeking to extend the scope of their field in collaboration with other disciplines.

Endorsements

I love this book. I love the essays and I love the overall form. Reading these essays feels like entering into the best kind of intellectual conversation—it makes me want to write essays in reply. It makes me want to get everyone else reading it. I almost never feel this enthusiastic about a book.

Rebecca Saxe

Professor of Cognitive Science, MIT

Contents

1. How my theory explains everything: and can make you happier, healthier, and wealthier

(pp. 8–24)
  • Daniel Nettle
https://doi.org/10.11647/obp.0155.01

2. What we talk about when we talk about biology

(pp. 25–42)
  • Daniel Nettle
https://doi.org/10.11647/obp.0155.02

3. The cultural and the agentic

(pp. 43–58)
  • Daniel Nettle
https://doi.org/10.11647/obp.0155.03

4. What is cultural evolution like?

(pp. 59–76)
  • Daniel Nettle
https://doi.org/10.11647/obp.0155.04

5. Is it explanation yet?

(pp. 77–94)
  • Daniel Nettle
https://doi.org/10.11647/obp.0155.05

6. The mill that grinds young people old

(pp. 96–110)
  • Daniel Nettle
https://doi.org/10.11647/obp.0155.06

7. Why inequality is bad

(pp. 111–128)
  • Daniel Nettle
https://doi.org/10.11647/obp.0155.07

8. Let them eat cake!

(pp. 129–144)
  • Daniel Nettle
https://doi.org/10.11647/obp.0155.08

9. The worst thing about poverty is not having enough money

(pp. 145–162)
  • Daniel Nettle
https://doi.org/10.11647/obp.0155.09

10. Getting your head around the Universal Basic Income

(pp. 163–180)
  • Daniel Nettle
https://doi.org/10.11647/obp.0155.10

11. The need for discipline

(pp. 182–198)
  • Daniel Nettle
https://doi.org/10.11647/obp.0155.11

12. Waking up and going out to work in the uncanny valley

(pp. 199–214)
  • Daniel Nettle
https://doi.org/10.11647/obp.0155.12

13. Staying in the game

(pp. 215–230)
  • Daniel Nettle
https://doi.org/10.11647/obp.0155.13

14. Morale is high (since I gave up hope)

(pp. 231–246)
  • Daniel Nettle
https://doi.org/10.11647/obp.0155.14

Introduction

(pp. 1–6)
  • Daniel Nettle
https://doi.org/10.11647/obp.0155.15

Contributors

Daniel Nettle

(author)
Professor of Behavioural Science at Newcastle University